Petition to To the Syrian regime/النظام السوري
Release my wrongfully accused friend, open-Internet advocate Bassel Khartabil (Safadi), from Syrian prison.
In 2012, the Syrian government arrested my friend Bassel Safadi and brought him to a military court, and accused him of "harming state security”. Bassel is a distinguished computer engineer credited with opening up the Internet in Syria — a country with a notorious record of online censorship — and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the Syrian people. The Syrian government has falsely accused my friend Bassel Safadi, put him in prison, and tortured him. Tell them to set Bassel free. The Syrian government has arbitrarily detained my friend Bassel in prison, and tortured him. He has spent so far 3 years and 7 months in prison. We know putting public pressure on can help. When he was first arrested, Bassel was tortured for months in a secret military prison system which Human Rights Watch has called a “torture archipelago.” But after pressure from organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and others, they stopped torturing Bassel, and moved him to a civilian prison where his wife could visit, and we could track his welfare. But now the Syrian government moved Bassel again, and won’t tell us where he is or what is happening. His friends and family now fear that he has been forced back into the horrible secret prison system, or sent to the military court in Qaboon. My friend Bassel is an advocate for free and open communication.. Bassel never held a weapon or threatened the security of Syria. Bassel has also contributed to numerous major Internet projects including Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikipedia, and was ranked by the American magazine Foreign Policy as the 19th most influential thinker in 2012. His voluntary work, always non-violent in nature, was greatly valued by Syrians of all backgrounds. His arrest has been a huge setback to the growth of online communities and free expression in Syria. Help me set my friend free. Help Syria’s future, help the Internet’s future in the Arab world. My friend Bassel is an advocate for free and open communication. Please join me in urging the Syrian government to release Bassel Khartabil (Safadi).
Petition to Donald Trump
Disclose all the Secret Space Programs and release all the hidden technologies
President Trump: Make the world great again. People deserve to know the truth about the Secret Space Programs and have access to all the hidden technologies that could save the planet and help humans all over the world.
Petition to International Animal Rescue
Stop KKL Dead Animal Society Facebook Group
As I was scrolling through Facebook today I noticed there was a specific group page dedicated to using hippo and elephant skin to make wallets and other accessories. From my knowledge, I know that hippos and elephants are endangered. The group is titled "KKL Dead Animal Society" and there are people part of the group who are ordering the merchandise and of course people using the skin of hippos and elephants to make wallets. These people should be caught and arrested! This should not be happening. Please sign this petition and stop this act of violence from going any further! KKL Dead Animal Society
Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives
Offer Computer Science in our public schools
America should be a leader in computer science education, yet today most schools don't even offer this foundational subject. Please join the CEOs, governors, and education leaders below and ask Congress to support computer science in every K-12 school – for our children, and for their future. Every student in America should have this opportunity. Dear Members of Congress and fellow Americans, As business leaders, elected officials, educators, and members of the public, we join forces to deliver a bipartisan message about opportunity and the American Dream. Technology is transforming society at an unprecedented rate. Whether it’s smartphones or social networks, self-driving cars or personalized medicine, nothing embodies the American Dream so much as the opportunity to change or even reinvent the world with technology. And participating in this world requires access to computer science in our schools. We ask you to provide funding for every student in every school to have an opportunity to learn computer science. Support for this idea is sweeping our nation. Ninety percent of parents want their children to have access to computer science education at school, and teachers agree. They know that technology opens doors. A hundred thousand teachers have taken matters into their own hands and already begun teaching computer science. Over 100 school districts are rolling out courses, from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles, from Miami to Las Vegas. Twenty states have passed policies and are now looking to support professional training for new computer science teachers. Private donors have collectively committed tens of millions of dollars to solving this problem, including $48 million of new commitments announced today by many of the undersigned. Despite this groundswell, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses. At a time when every industry in every state is impacted by advances in computer technology, our schools should give all students the opportunity to understand how this technology works, to learn how to be creators, coders, and makers — not just consumers. Instead, what is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls. How is this acceptable? America leads the world in technology. We invented the personal computer, the Internet, e-commerce, social networking, and the smartphone. This is our chance to position the next generation to participate in the new American Dream. Not only does computer science provide every student foundational knowledge, it also leads to the highest-paying, fastest-growing jobs in the U.S. economy. There are currently over 500,000 open computing jobs, in every sector, from manufacturing to banking, from agriculture to healthcare, but only 50,000 computer science graduates a year. Whether a student aspires to be a software engineer, or if she just wants a well-rounded education in today’s changing world, access to computer science in school is an economic imperative for our nation to remain competitive. And with the growing threat of cyber warfare, this is even a critical matter of national security. Despite this growing need, targeted federal funding to carry out these efforts in classrooms is virtually non-existent. This bipartisan issue can be addressed without growing the federal budget. We urge you to amplify and accelerate the local efforts in classrooms, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student, in every school, should have a chance to learn computer science. Sincerely, Business LeadersArne Sorenson, CEO, Marriott Barry Diller, Chairman, IAC and Expedia Bill and Melinda Gates Bobby Kotick, CEO, Activision Blizzard Brad Smith, President, MicrosoftBrian Chesky, CEO, AirbnbBrian Cornell, Chairman and CEO, TargetDoug McMillon, CEO, WalmartDaniel Schulman, CEO, Paypal. Chairman, SymantecDara Khosrowshahi, CEO, ExpediaDevin Wenig, CEO, eBayDrew Houston, CEO, DropboxDoug Parker, Chairman and CEO, American AirlinesEdward Breen, Chairman and CEO, DuPontEric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Alphabet, Inc.Ginni Rometty, Chairman and CEO, IBMGrant Verstandig, CEO, Rally HealthHerb Allen, President, Allen & CompanyJack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter and SquareJames Murdoch, CEO, 21st Century FoxJames P. Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan StanleyJeff Bezos, Chairman and CEO, AmazonJeremy Stoppelman, CEO, YelpJessica Alba, CEO, The Honest CompanyJoe Lonsdale, Partner, 8VC. Founder, PalantirJohn Battelle, Chairman and CEO, NewCoJohn Donahoe, Chairman, PaypalJohn J. Legere – President & CEO, T-Mobile US, Inc.Julie Sweet, Chief Executive, Accenture North AmericaLarry EllisonLarry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRockLowell McAdam, Chairman and CEO, VerizonMarc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, SalesforceMark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks, Landmark TheatresMark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO, FacebookOscar Munoz, CEO, United AirlinesRami Rahim, CEO, Juniper NetworksRandall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&TReid Hoffman, Chairman, LinkedInRich Barton, Chairman, ZillowRichard Anderson, CEO, Delta AirlinesRobert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney CompanySam Altman, President, Y CombinatorSamuel Allen, Chairman and CEO, John DeereSatya Nadella, CEO, MicrosoftSheryl Sandberg, COO, FacebookTerry J. Lundgren, Chairman and CEO, Macy's, IncTim Cook, CEO, AppleVishal Sikka, CEO, Infosys GovernorsAsa Hutchinson, Governor, Arkansas (R)Brian Sandoval, Governor, Nevada (R)C.L. "Butch" Otter, Governor, Idaho (R)Charlie Baker, Governor, Massachusetts (R)Dannell P. Malloy, Governor, Connecticut (D)David Y. Ige, Governor, Hawaii (D)Doug Ducey, Governor, Arizona (R)Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor, West Virginia (D)Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Governor, California (D)Gina M. Raimondo, Governor, Rhode Island (D)Jack Dalrymple, Governor, North Dakota (R)Jack Markell, Governor, Delaware (D)Jay Inslee, Governor, Washington (D)John Hickenlooper, Governor, Colorado (D)Kate Brown, Governor, Oregon (D)Maggie Hassan, Governor, New Hampshire (D)Mark Dayton, Governor, Minnesota (D)Mary Fallin, Governor, Oklahoma (R)Matt Bevin, Governor, Kentucky (R)Matt Mead, Governor, Wyoming (R)Mike Pence, Governor, Indiana (R)Peter Shumlin, Governor, Vermont (D)Phil Bryant, Governor, Mississippi (R)Rick Snyder, Governor, Michigan (R)Steve Bullock, Governor, Montana (D)Susana Martinez, Governor, New Mexico (R)Terry Branstad, Governor, Iowa (R)Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Virginia (D) K-12 LeadersAntwan Wilson, Superintendent, OaklandBob Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public SchoolsCarmen Fariña, Chancellor, NYC Department of EducationForrest Claypool, CEO, Chicago Public SchoolsKenneth Huewitt, Interim Superintendent, Houston ISDKimberly Hill, Superintendent, Charles County Public SchoolsMichelle King, Superintendent, Los Angeles UnifiedPat Skorkowsky, Superintendent, Clark County School DistrictRichard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco UnifiedRichard Woods, State Superintendent, GeorgiaSusan Enfield, Superintendent, Highline Public SchoolsTom Torlakson, State Superintendent, California EducationNonprofit LeadersBobby Schnabel, CEO, Association for Computing MachineryCornell Brooks, President and CEO, NAACPDaniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents AssociationDavid Coleman, CEO, College BoardElisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach For AmericaGail Connelly, ED, National Association of Elementary School PrincipalsHadi Partovi, CEO, Code.orgJudy Vredenburgh, President and CEO, Girls Inc.Lee Hood, MD, PhD, President, Institute for Systems Biology. Co-founder, AmgenLinda D. Hallman, CEO, American Association of University WomenLucy Sanders, CEO, National Center for Women and ITMark Nelson, Executive Director, CS Teachers AssociationMatthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math & Science InitiativePeggy Brookins, CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching StandardsTelle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute for Women and TechnologyThomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards AssociationVince Bertram, CEO, Project Lead The Way Please join us. After signing, please spread the word.
Petition to FCC, United States Supreme Court, Federal Trade Commission, Ajit Pai
Protect Net Neutrality from the Trump Administration
The internet has helped to boost the economy, create an amazing tool for educators, and provides an outlet for communication with people all over the world. However, the simple policy that keeps the internet a strangely level-playing field (and the internet itself) is under fire from both the Trump administration and service providers like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Sign this petition to call on the FCC to protect net neutrality under the Trump administration. Net neutrality regulations are set to stop ISPs like the big cable and phone companies from favoring/crippling certain websites and services for their own benefit and monetary gain. These rulings could be reversed as Republicans look to deregulate private industries. As a junior in high school, I can appreciate the need to be able to complete homework, communicate, and access streaming media like Netflix without an ISP slowing down my traffic. In the 21st century, internet is like running water, electricity, or transportation. Those without neutral access to it are at a major disadvantage. If net neutrality goes away, the internet will become distorted, and your access to certain content will be based upon your ISP's financial interests and what you're willing to pay, like cable television, hurting the consumer. Let's stop the telecom lobbyists who buy their influence, and the private companies who already control so much of our media before it is too late.
Petition to email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com
Squarespace: Stop Hosting White Supremacists
Squarespace, a popular web hosting service for businesses and creative professionals, is hosting white supremacist/neo-nazi groups: Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and Richard Spencer's National Policy Institute. Squarespace has been informed of this issue repeatedly by email, but has refused to take the websites down. Hate websites violate Squarespace's Acceptable Use Policy (section 6.2), forbidding users to “advocate bigotry or hatred against any person or group based on their race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual preference, age or disability.” Identity Evropa is a white supremacist/neo-nazi “fraternity” for people of “European, non-Semitic heritage.” The group’s website distributes propaganda on “white identity” and “race, evolution, and behavior.” The group’s physical activism includes spreading fascist-themed fliers on university campuses and holding anti-immigrant rallies that portray people of color as inherently criminal. Identity Evropa’s founder, Nathan Damigo, has committed violent hate crimes against people of color and was recently videotaped punching a woman in the face at a rally. The National Policy Institute is led by Richard Spencer, a documented neo-nazi. NPI's website distributes “research” on “understanding Jewish influence” and supposed “racial differences in intelligence, personality, and behavior.” Spencer describes immigration as a “proxy war” and argues that white America must “conquer or die.” Radix Journal is a collection of white supremacist essays. Some speculate about “Eugenic” policies “to flush disloyalty from our gene pool.” Others complain of a “Jewish assault on Europeans” and the failure “to expel the freed slaves from the United States.” Squarespace has been notified via firstname.lastname@example.org, that these websites violate their Acceptable Use terms. Squarespace’s continued hosting of these websites constitutes a tacit endorsement of their content. Squarespace also shares moral responsibility for the violent and threatening activity organized via these websites. Squarespace profits from neo-nazism and white supremacism as long as it retains Identity Evropa, Radix Journal, and the National Policy Institute as customers. WE MUST NOT STAND FOR THIS. Squarespace must end its business relationships with white supremacists. Tech companies must act in accordance with the principles they claim to support. Until Squarespace enforces its own Acceptable Use policy by REMOVING HATE SITES people of conscience should #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE. Podcasts and other businesses with a social conscience should not accept Squarespace's ad buys. REJECT WHITE SUPREMACY. #BOYCOTTSQUARESPACE
Petition to Elon Musk, Henry McMaster
EncourageTesla to build a Gigafactory in SC
Tesla is an innovative and relatively new automobile manufacturer whose ultimate mission is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. Tesla does this with their energy division's solar panels and battery storage solutions in addition to their evolving fleet of highly rated premium electric vehicles. In January of 2017 Tesla began manufacturing batteries in their Gigafactory in Nevada, and by 2018 this factory will have doubled the battery production for the world. This factory is poised to be the next evolutionary stage in manufacturing, and in history will be viewed with the same level of impact as Henry Ford's interchangeable parts and Toyota's Lean Manufacturing principles. The 4.9 million square foot Gigafactory is necessary for Tesla's mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy and it is also a product. During Tesla's earnings call of February 22, Tesla CEO, Elon Musk stated that in addition to working on Model 3 and their Gigafactory in Nevada the company is looking for opportunities to build additional Gigafactories in the future. Here are some of the ways that the Gigafactory in Nevada has impacted the State and its economy. http://www.diversifynevada.com/documents/Teslas_Gigafactory_Incentive_Summary_PDF.pdf This is an amazing opportunity for SC to embrace and entice Telsa to build one our their Gigafactories in our state. The state has recently attracted BMW, Amazon, and Boeing through tax incentives, competitive labor, and the states advantageous electricity and other operating costs. We as a group need to encourage the state of South Carolina and Tesla to work together to make this opportunity a reality.
Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy
Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network
Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring. Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.